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Why isn’t there a direct bus line from the UNCW campus to downtown Wilmington?

Ken Little
StarNews

The creation of a direct bus line from downtown to the UNCW campus remains under discussion but does not appear to be imminent.

“When WAVE Transit restructured our bus routes on March 31, 2008, the goal was to provide safe, efficient and convenient transit service to a greater area within the city of Wilmington and New Hanover County. To do this, we used a long-range transit plan and considered passenger comment and feedback,” says Matthew Kunic, a planner with the Cape Fear Public Transportation Authority.

“Since the restructuring, a direct route from downtown Wilmington to UNCW has been discussed, and we will be including suggestions for such a direct route with our short-range transit plan to be developed in 2010-2011,” Kunic says.

For more information about WAVE and existing bus routes, go to www.wavetransit.com

The primary purpose of the UNCW transportation system is to assist students in traveling to and from classes as well as to other facilities on campus.  The cost of the program, which is funded through student fees, is related to hours of operation and mileage driven, said Dana Fischetti, Media Relations Manager for the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Expansion of the program would add new expenses to the program, which would necessitate an increase in the student transportation fee, she said.  Part of the university’s service agreement with WAVE Transit includes the ability for students to utilize all routes on the WAVE  system with their student ID cards, so students do have access to any downtown routes that WAVE runs.

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3 Responses to “ Why isn’t there a direct bus line from the UNCW campus to downtown Wilmington?”

  1. On January 6, 2010 at 8:38 pm Jaime wrote:

    When will WAVE transit provide a stop at the airport? It costs me over $30 in taxi fees round trip if I want to fly somewhere.

  2. On January 9, 2010 at 11:44 am Alan Pacek wrote:

    When will WAVE transit establish a connector route to Pleasure Island?

  3. On January 9, 2010 at 4:02 pm Lee Bell wrote:

    “we used a long-range transit plan and considered passenger comment and feedback, says Matthew Kunic”

    The majority of people in this town that was riding the buses were the elderly, poor, and the disabled like me. What they did was make very difficult for most of us to ride the bus anymore as we have trouble walking the extra long distances now to the stops and I’m not even going to get started on the “new” routes. I’ve have to basically quit riding the bus because of that and I used to use it all the time.



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